Market Overview

Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Dow Falls 80 Points; Supercom Shares Rise After Q3 Results


Toward the end of trading Monday, the Dow traded down 0.34 percent to 23,354.88 while the NASDAQ declined 0.16 percent to 6,690.87. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.38 percent to 2,571.23.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Monday afternoon, the energy shares climbed by 0.82 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included CARBO Ceramics Inc. (NYSE: CRR), up 10 percent, and Golar LNG Limited (USA) (NASDAQ: GLNG), up 4 percent.

In trading on Monday, industrials shares fell 0.67 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS), down 10 percent, and Intevac, Inc. (NASDAQ: IVAC) down 8 percent.

Top Headline

Lennar Corp (NYSE: LEN) announced plans to buy CalAtlantic Group Inc (NYSE: CAA) for around $9.3 billion in a stock-and-cash deal, including $3.6 billion in debt.

The implied transaction value of $51.34 per share represents a 27 percent premium over CalAtlantic's closing price on Friday.

Equities Trading UP

Supercom Ltd (NASDAQ: SPCB) shares shot up 53 percent to $4.17 after the company reported strong results for its third quarter. SuperCom expects FY17 sales of at least $35 million.

Shares of Capella Education Company (NASDAQ: CPLA) got a boost, shooting up 32 percent to $86.60. Strayer Education Inc (NASDAQ: STRA) and Capella Education agreed to an all-stock merger. Capella Education also posted upbeat quarterly earnings.

Micronet Enertec Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: MICT) shares were also up, gaining 20 percent to $0.810 after the company reported a $3.1 million order for its SmartHub-TREQr5 product.

Equities Trading DOWN

Iconix Brand Group Inc (NASDAQ: ICON) shares dropped 37 percent to $3.09 as the company issued a business update and reported amendment to its term loan. The company announced the winding down of the DanskinNow brand at Walmart, and the dismissal of pending securities class action lawsuits filed against the company.

Shares of Gravity Co., LTD. (ADR) (NASDAQ: GRVY) were down 13 percent to $49.03 following Q3 results. Gravity posted Q3 earnings of $0.34 per share on sales of $20.76 million.

Office Depot Inc (NASDAQ: ODP) was down, falling around 12 percent to $3.27. JP Morgan downgraded Office Depot from Neutral to Underweight.


In commodity news, oil traded up 0.30 percent to $54.06 while gold traded up 0.54 percent to $1,278.70.

Silver traded up 0.61 percent Monday to $16.855, while copper rose 0.21 percent to $3.11.


European shares closed mostly higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 gained 0.08 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 2.51 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index gained 0.23 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX climbed 0.05 percent, and the French CAC 40 slipped 0.07 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.32 percent.


Consumer spending gained 1 percent in September, versus economists’ expectations for a 0.8 percent growth. Personal income increased 0.4 percent last month.

The Dallas Fed manufacturing business index rose to 27.60 in October, versus prior reading of 21.30. Economists expected a reading of 21.00.

Data on farm prices for September will be released at 3:00 p.m. ET.

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